Health and Safety

Last updated: January 22, 2021 at 2:43 PM

To keep Brandeis faculty and staff healthy and safe, the university has implemented a number of new policies and protocols, from steps needed before you arrive on campus, to the way we clean classrooms and common areas. 

These procedures follow guidance provided by the city of Waltham, Middlesex County, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the federal government, and were effective in minimizing COVID-19 cases in the fall.

Before Coming to Campus

Before coming to campus, every student, faculty, and staff member must:

Keeping Others Safe

Faculty and Staff should not come to campus if any of the following applies:

If any of these situations apply, you should not come to campus for any reason, even to private office spaces.

Please notify your immediate supervisor of your absence and report your illness symptoms to the Brandeis Occupational Health Specialist at 781-736-8757. Then contact your medical provider for advice, care and testing.

Work Location

Faculty and staff members whose work is not required to be performed on campus, and who have not been notified by their supervisor to return, should continue to work remotely. Decisions about which staff members will return to campus, and when, will be managed by the university, and will be communicated to faculty and staff through their deans, department chairs and supervisors.

The university will make exceptions for those who may be considered high-risk, and therefore more vulnerable to complications of COVID-19; who have medical conditions that, based on the advice of a medical provider, could impact the ability to return to on-campus work; or who have other extenuating circumstances.

Staff who have caregiving responsibilities should speak with their deans, department chairs or supervisors about flexible work arrangements, time off or leaves of absence. Human Resources can assist with those conversations as needed.

More information for is available on the Teaching and Learning page.